The blog post stresses that the crypto assets may be added “for storage only,” and that Coinbase will add them “as quickly and safely as possible.” Coinbase states that they are not currently considering the assets for trading. According to the post:
“We are making this announcement internally at Coinbase and to the public at the same time to remain transparent with our customers about support for future assets.”
Coinbase noted that the addition of an asset to Coinbase Custody is not indicative of whether it will be added to other Coinbase products. It also states that assets under consideration for trading must pass the GDAX Digital Asset Framework.
The exchange states that customers may see public-facing APIs and other indicators that Coinbase is in the process of adding support for new digital assets. Coinbase “...cannot commit to when or whether these assets will become available on Coinbase Custody, we will provide updates to our customers about the process and what they can expect…”
Coinbase Custody launched on July 2 of this year, aiming to address the “number one” concern of institutional investors, namely, security. The new service purportedly utilizes a range of security measures including “on-chain segregation of crypto assets,” “offline, multi-sig and geographically distributed transaction protection” and “robust cold storage auditing and reporting.” The company also plans to add “secure, segregated hot wallets.”
The recently launched custodial service is also secured through an SEC-compliant and FINRA-member independent broker-dealer, Electronic Transaction Clearing(ETC).